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5 Fun Facts About October 14 In Oregon History

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1. On October 14, 1947, the first flight of a jet aircraft in Oregon took place at the Portland International Airport. The aircraft was a Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star, known as the first operational jet fighter used by the United States Army Air Forces.

2. In 1965, the city of Eugene, Oregon hosted the first US Track and Field Federation Women’s National Outdoors Championship on October 14. The event was held at Hayward Field and was won by Willye White, who was a three-time Olympian and a silver medalist in the long jump at the 1956 Melbourne Games.

3. In 1977, the Oregon State University Beaver Marching Band performed at halftime during an NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders. The game was played on October 14 at the Kingdome in Seattle, and OSU’s marching band became the first college marching band to perform during a professional football game.

4. On October 14, 1938, the largest recorded meteorite in Oregon history fell near the town of Willamette, just south of Portland. The meteorite weighed 15.5 tons and was named the Willamette Meteorite. It is now on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

5. In 2014, the Portland Timbers soccer club played its final regular season game on October 14 against the San Jose Earthquakes. The game was held at Providence Park and ended in a 1-0 win for the Timbers. The team went on to win its first MLS Cup later that year.
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